Thank you for your interest in Columbia Basin College (CBC)! CBC is a fully accredited two-year college located in the northwest region of the United States. It is in the city of Pasco, the southeastern section of Washington state.
International students who attend with an F-1 visa may earn an Associate Degree in Arts & Sciences or an Associate in Science Transfer Degree and then transfer to a four-year university. International students may also choose to earn an Associate in Applied Science-T; however, these degrees are not designed for transfer, although some classes may be accepted for transfer by baccalaureate degree institutions.
Please review the information and links below to assist you in getting started at CBC.
International Student Admissions Requirements
500 paper-based (PBT)
173 computer-based (CBT)
61 internet-based (iBT)
CBC's code: 4077
Please submit the International Student Admissions Applications along with the additional documents listed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed until all documents have been received. Completed applications can be submitted in person or by mail to the following address.
International Student Program
Columbia Basin College
2600 North 20th Ave.
Pasco, WA 99301-3379
International students are required to pay the international tuition amounts for each term of study, regardless of their length of stay in Washington state. Students must provide evidence of financial responsibility for the entire length of time he/she is planning to study, as they are not eligible for financial assistance.
Opportunities for on-campus employment are extremely limited. International students are not eligible to work off campus except in some very special circumstances; they should assume no money or employment would be available from the College while they are attending CBC.
All international students are required to have health insurance. Students must purchase insurance through Washington State Colleges or provide proof of equivalent insurance from their own country.
Columbia Basin College has a three-story student apartment housing facility, Sunhawk Hall, located just off 20th Avenue across the street from the CBC Pasco campus. The facility has furnished single, double, triple, and quadruple suites; each with private bathrooms, kitchen, and dining space. Amenities include open lounge areas and outdoor activity space facing the adjacent Sun Willows Golf Course.
All students living in Sunhawk Hall have the opportunity to be a part of the CBC Residence Life programming. Residence Life will be partnering with other campus resources to deliver an environment within student housing to support academic achievement and promote student engagement. Apply for Student Housing.
Registration and Grade Requirements
Students may begin any quarter. CBC has four quarters: fall, winter, spring, and summer*.
International students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits each quarter within their designated degree (course of study) and maintain a 2.0 GPA. No more than one online class (ARR) is allowed per quarter. In addition, any classes taken above the 12 credit requirement may be considered unrelated and may be taken even if they don't meet your degree requirements.
Please note, during your summer vacation quarter* you're not required to take classes, as it will be your only quarter off. However, if you choose to take classes during your summer vacation quarter they don't have to be within your degree requirements.
*International students are allowed to take one quarter off per academic year, so CBC has designated summer quarter as your vacation quarter. If you're interested in starting summer quarter, please note the vacation quarter doesn't apply to your first quarter.
What Happens After I Get Accepted to CBC?
Contact the International Student program for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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